Belgium is one of the smallest countries in Europe, but it packs in a lot of beautiful historical cities, fine food, and rich culture. There’s a lot more to discover besides chocolate, French fries and waffles! Home to the European Union and NATO, Belgium has been influenced by the French, Dutch, Austrian, and Spanish, to make it a unique combination of cutting edge and traditional cultures. Your program will be in Wallonia in the south of Belgium, where most people speak French.

People & Community

Belgians tend to be tolerant, flexible, modest, and open-minded. They value privacy, enjoy a safe and comfortable life, work hard and are self-disciplined. Respect for each other is a core value and necessity. Many Belgians consider themselves Roman Catholic but are not very religious.  


Belgian cuisine is related to the French cuisine, but offers some very distinctive touches. Apart from good chocolate and hundreds of different types of beer, you can also enjoy waffles (wafelen), fries (pomme-frîtes), mussels, and carbonade flamande (beef stew). Belgians take their time to eat, so even with all these options you’ll have the chance to savour each new flavour! Most families consider eating together very important, especially at dinner. Vegetarianism is not very common, but can be accommodated, while vegans and those with gluten-free diets are more rare.

Climate and Geography

The Belgian climate is temperate, with mild winters and cool summers. Belgium is also a pretty flat country, with its highest peak at only 694m. With its location in Western Europe and great public transport options, day trips to main cities in Belgium or even other countries like France, Germany, the Netherlands and Luxembourg are easy from wherever you might be staying!

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